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Dictionary Definition

form

Noun

1 the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached" [syn: word form, signifier, descriptor]
2 a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, sort, variety]
3 a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them" [syn: shape, pattern]
4 any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" [syn: shape, configuration, contour, conformation]
5 alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, flesh]
6 the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape" [syn: shape]
7 the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features" [syn: shape, cast]
8 (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary; "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system" [syn: phase]
9 a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"
10 (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms" [syn: variant, strain, var.]
11 an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"
12 a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
13 a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy" [syn: class, grade]
14 an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"
15 a life-size dummy used to display clothes [syn: mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin]
16 a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"

Verb

1 to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction" [syn: constitute, make]
2 create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company" [syn: organize, organise]
3 develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape" [syn: take form, take shape, spring]
4 give a shape or form to; "shape the dough" [syn: shape]
5 make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn: shape, work, mold, mould, forge]
6 establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children" [syn: imprint]
7 give shape to; "form the clay into a head" [ant: deform]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

forme < forma < μόρφα (morfa)

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
  2. A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
  3. An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
  4. A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.
    To apply for the position, complete the application form.
  5. A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages.
  6. Characteristics not involving atomic components.
  7. A criminal record.
    Note, this would usually be stated as "Jim has form", rather than "Jim has a form".

Synonyms

  • figure, used when discussing people, not animals
  • shape, used on animals and on persons

Translations

document to be filled

Verb

  1. To give shape or visible structure to a thing or person.

Synonyms

Related terms

Anagrams

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

sv-noun-reg-er form form

Extensive Definition

Form may mean:

In martial arts

  • Kata (martial arts) (型 or 形), the detailed pattern of defence-and-attack
  • Taeguk (Taekwondo) (형), the "forms" used to create a foundation for the teaching of Taekwondo
  • Taolu (套路), forms used in Chinese martial arts and sport wushu

In mathematics

  • Quadratic form, a homogeneous polynomial of degree two in a number of variables
  • Algebraic form, which generalises quadratic forms to degrees 3 and more, also known as quantics or simply forms
  • Bilinear form, on a vector space V over a field F is a mapping V × V → F that is linear in both arguments
  • Multilinear form, which generalises bilinear forms to mappings VN → F
  • Differential form, a concept from differential topology that combines multilinear forms and smooth functions
  • Modular form, a (complex) analytic function on the upper half plane satisfying a certain kind of functional equation and growth condition
  • Indeterminate form, an algebraic expression that cannot be used to evaluate a limit

In biology

In computing

  • Form (web), a document form used on a web page to, typically, submit user data to a server
  • Form (programming), a component-based representation of a GUI window
  • Form (computer virus), the most common computer virus of the 1990s
  • Oracle Forms, a Rapid Application Development environment for developing database applications
  • Windows Forms
  • XForms, an XML format for the specification of user interfaces, specifically web forms

See also

  • Sixth form, a British term for the final two years of secondary school
form in Czech: Tvar
form in Danish: Form
form in German: Form
form in Spanish: Forma
form in French: Forme
form in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Forma
form in Italian: Form
form in Japanese: 形態
form in Malay (macrolanguage): Bentuk
form in Dutch: Vorm
form in Portuguese: Forma
form in Russian: Форма (значения)
form in Sicilian: Forma
form in Simple English: Form
form in Slovak: Forma
form in Swedish: Form
form in Turkish: Form (felsefe)
form in Ukrainian: Форма
form in Yiddish: פארעם
form in Chinese: 形態

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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